Herbs, perennial, or small shrubs or subshrubs, (50-)70-100(-250) cm tall. Lower part woody, well branched, stems often purplish red; branches ascending, upper branches and corymb sordid-white puberulent, synflorescence branches and peduncles more densely hairy, glabrescent in lower part by anthesis. Leaves opposite, sessile or subsessile with petiole to 2-4 mm; median stem leaves simple or 3-lobed, ovate or broadly ovate, 4.5-10(-20) × (2-)3-5(-6.5) cm, both surfaces scabrid, white puberulent and glandular, more densely so abaxially and on veins, pinnately veined, veins 3-7-paired, base rounded, margin regularly crenate-serrate, apex acuminate or obtuse; upper stem leaves homomorphic with median leaves, but smaller; radical leaves withered by anthesis, margin irregularly crenate. Synflorescences terminal, of large laxly compound corymbs, 20-30 cm in diam. Capitula numerous, 5-flowered; involucre campanulate, ca. 5 mm; phyllaries 3-seriate, imbricate; outer phyllaries short, ovate or lanceolate-ovate, outside puberulent and sparsely glandular, 1-2 mm; median and inner longer, elliptic or elliptic-lanceolate, 5-6 mm, apically and marginally white, membranous, glabrous, but with yellow glands; corollas white, pink, red, or reddish purple, ca. 5 mm, with yellow glands. Achenes pale black-brown, elliptic, ca. 3 mm, 5-ribbed, yellow glandular; pappus setae white, ca. 5 mm. Fl. and fr. Jun-Nov. 2n = 20, 30, 31, 39, 40, 50.